Wilmington newborn is world's youngest to get robotic surgery

Wilmington newborn is world's youngest to get robotic surgery
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Drs. Adam Zanation and Carlton Zdanski

A newborn Wilmington boy has become the youngest and smallest patient in the world to undergo robotic surgery.

When Raiden Jewett was born on Nov. 13, his first breaths of life sounded odd.

"They thought he was just congested, because he was making this weird noise," his mother, Brandie Jewett, said.

The usual attempts to clear a baby's airway, though, didn't work. A benign cyst just above the vocal chords was the real problem.

The standard surgical approach for such a problem involves making an incision in the neck to insert a breathing tube in the airway.

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